London: People with Alzheimer’s have been offered new hope with experts claiming that a diabetes drug could be used to treat the devastating effects of the disease.Scientists at the University of Ulster found the drug could help protect damaged brain cells and may even promote the growth of new ones.Type 2 diabetes is a known risk factor for Alzheimer’s and it is thought that impaired insulin signalling in the brain could damage nerve cells and contribute to the disease. In trials, the scientists used the experimental drug (Val8)GLP-1 that simulates the activity of a protein called GLP-1 – it helps the body control its response to blood sugar.
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